Muk Kampol district police officers in Kandal province yesterday confiscated more than 70 pieces of timber being transported to Phnom Penh along National Road 6 over suspicion that it was illegally obtained.
However, one officer said that the owner had already paid a fine in order to avoid prosecution.
According to a Muk Kampol district police officer who declined to be named, the truck was stopped following a tip off from provincial authorities.
“We cooperated with the provincial anti-economic crimes department, who gave us the information. Then our officers were deployed along the road to stop the truck,” the officer said. “The truck and its contents were confiscated and we detained two people for questioning.”
Ly Sokha, deputy chief of the anti-economic crime department, could not be reached for comment.
However, Fresh News reported that the timber belongs to Kang Chandarin, a Kampong Chhnang provincial fishery official.
Another unnamed police officer said yesterday that the timber has been transferred to the Kandal provincial forestry administration.
Tin Sochetra, deputy provincial prosecutor, said yesterday that a person representing the owner of the timber has already come in to pay a fine, in accordance with the law.
“The owner was willing to pay a fine and a representative came and paid it,” Mr Sochetra said, declining to comment whether or not the timber belongs to Mr Chandarin.
According to a Kandal provincial forestry administration officer, the timber was being transported to the capital.
“There are a total of 75 pieces of thnong timber. It was being transported on a pickup truck and it was on its way from Kampong Chhnang to the capital,” the official said, noting that the timber didn’t belong to Mr Chandarin, but another person who goes by the name of Noun Heang.